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"Zij krijgt veel briefjes van hem."

Translation:She gets a lot of notes from him.

December 31, 2014



Can "Briefjes" also mean "Letters"?


Briefjes means "little letters", and little letters are notes. But if little notes is ever not accepted, report it.


But if I use "letters" for "briefjes", is it correct? Or do I always need to say "notes" or "LITTLE letters" for briefjes?


People ought to know what you're talking about. If you said: Hier is een briefje voor jou, and handed someone a small piece of paper, full with writing, they would see a small piece of paper with a lot of information written on it, and think the PIECE OF PAPER IS SMALL, but that it's just a very detailed note. But typically, a "briefje" refers to a SMALL AMOUNT OF INFORMATION, regardless of the size of the paper.

If you think briefje = letter, and type it and it's wrong, based on my explanation above, you should report it.


Point taken; but many of the other diminutives are accepted with or without the "little" as understood. vraagjes (Little questions) but "questions" alone is always accepted. You could say a kopje is a demitasse, or "little cup"... but "cup" is always accepted. Not about to argue with one who clearly knows the language; but just saying that this seems to be an inconsistency. I definitely understand that a briefje is a "little" letter... perhaps what we need to take from this sentence is that some diminutives (like this one) will always translate into a different word. In the case of this one... it must be a note.


Could "veel" be translated as "many" in this sentence?


Can briefje mean note both as in "I wrote a note and left it on the counter" and also "I left some notes on the script"


briefje - note - message?


the hints made it seem that "she gets a lot of his notes" is the correct answer.

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